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Travel Leaders Corporate, a leader in business travel, has released an analysis of its clients’ aggregate business travel bookings from the third quarter (Q3) of 2018. Data shows that the cost of business trips are continuing to rise, however, Travel Leaders Corporate clients show no slowdown in travel.

Johannesburg has emerged as the most popular destination city in Africa for the fifth consecutive year, according to the annual Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index.

The number of Chinese tourists travelling to the GCC is expected to increase 81 percent from 1.6 million this year to 2.9 million in 2022, according to data published ahead of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2019, which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre from April 28 – 1 May 01, 2019.

European outbound travel grew by five percent during the first eight months of the year, and the outlook for 2019 is also positive. Further growth can be expected according to the World Travel Monitor conducted by IPK International and commissioned by ITB Berlin.

A new report from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the European Travel Commission (ETC) shows that outbound tourism from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – comprising six countries of the Arabian peninsula – has grown strongly in recent years, with international tourism expenditure surpassing USD60 billion in 2017.


21 South African tourism entities and companies visited the Middle East to meet with the region’s leading outbound travel professionals and showcased their touristic offerings and promoted the unique attractions and experiences that South Africa has to offer as a leisure, honeymoon, and business travel destination.